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New Wave - Make it a Double (10-22-02)
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Total Structures have won their second LDI "Product of the Year" award in two years with new wave truss taking the honors in the Debuting Rigging and Hardware category.

That it is a truss is where the conventional thinking ends with new wave. It is the result of three years of ideas and concepts coming together to create a single, very special, product. The four most important of these ideas are construction, materials, connection and finishing.

new wave is constructed using a series of perforated plates that are bonded to the main chords that pass through them. This in turn allows a variety of materials to be used - all aluminum, Plexiglas and most popular of all a carbon fiber / aluminum hybrid. Added to this was a variation of last years Award winner, the OMNI connector. The rotating fork connection allows the truss to be assembled in an almost limitless variety of two and three-dimensional structural forms without custom fabrication.

The diversity of finishes, looks and branding opportunities is staggering. For example, the carbon fiber chords can be printed with custom textures, logos or messages or finished with a variety of Kevlar fabrics – on display were trusses that looked like they were made of wood, and a red and yellow woven fabric amongst a dazzling display of others.

The structural web can also be formed to carry a company logo or other pattern, fabulously displayed with the "Vegas" truss that had chords printed with playing cards and a structural web in the form of clubs, diamonds, hearts and spades. In addition, the web can be anodized prior to assembly, and therefore several colors can be accommodated within the same truss.

The "Standard" new wave product is comprised of black carbon fiber fabric finish chords, with bright aluminum web and is available in a 1ft increments up to 8ft (10ft will be available shortly).

It is an interesting comparison within the range that the carbon fiber hybrid is almost four times as strong as its aluminum counterpart over 20ft with a rated uniformly distributed load capability of nearly 900lbs.

For more information (and there is so much more!), contact Total Structures directly, or visit the new wave website that should be on line shortly at www.newwavetruss.com

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